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>> this week on the journal editorial report with leaders in washington still bogged down in debt limit talks, some governors are making big policy strides and who is moving in the right direction and who has got it wrong? plus, school may be out, but school choice appears to be in. some good news from the front lines of education reform. and the war against girls, a closer look at a controversial new book that documents the increasing phenomenon of sex selection and the consequences of a world full of males. welcome to the journal editorial report. i'm paul gigot.
the state of the state with leaders in washington still bogged down in debt limit talks, some governors are making real strides in the fight to balance their state budgets and others are falling into the same old tax and spend facts. wall street columnist, dan henninger and kim strassel and senior economics writer, steve moore. dan, this may be the most c consequence time, which states first, are making progress and what nr' doing. >> well, the state, i think, is making some of the most interesting progress in florida with the republican governor rick scott. rick scott came in on a pro business agenda and said he was going to try to create 700,000 jobs and eliminated the corporate tax for small businesses and his problem is his reforms didn't begin until the past july 1st he, where the cuts are happening right now, a billion dollars in
medicaid cuts and he's probably laying off public work, yes. >> okay, so that's good. kim, what about your state of note? >> well, i think i beat even dan because my state is new jersey of all places. and that's where governor chris christie has not only in billioning budgets held the line on taxes, but did the unthinkable recently crafted and signed the deal to cut back on public sector costs, union costs and through small things, raising the retirement age slightly, asking them to contribute more to their health care premiums and pensions and it's saving the state 122 billion dollars over 30 years, and did he this by also getting democrats to acknowledge the problem, come along with them. >> all right. steve. >> i'm going to go with indiana and mitch daniels. i want to talk about the midwest, this is a state that it actually has been growing manufacturing jobs, under mr. daniels tutelage and he he balanced the budget, paul, without a penny of new taxes and it's a state that actually
has a budget surplus right now and how many states would like to have that. and one last thing i'd like to say about mitch daniels, he he he did the thing that few governors had the courage to do, took on the teacher unions and put in tenure reforms and elevated not based on seniority, but based on performance, what a concept. >> well, i think that the other states which i would mention is andrew cuomo, the government of new york, with a democratic legislature in part and a republican state senate has really resisted what has been the tax and spend model, putting a property tax cap of 2% and cutting spending, without a tax increase, but here is the question, dan, politically. if these governors are so successful in policy terms, why are they so popular politicalically. most of the approval ratings are well under 50%, i think it's in large part, paul, because people in the abstract are for all of this, but when you get down to the details, everyone finds out they're being hit by this stuff
somehow. and they don't like it. i mean, as i said, in florida, governor scott allowed insurance rates to rise to bring insurers who have fled the florida market back into the state. >> that's particularly important in florida because-- >> with the hurricanes. >> with the hurricanes, but that's very unpopular. >> kim, why do you think they're unpopular. >> i think, that part this have is that the patient never likes to have to take the medicine. and in indiana where steve was mentioning is an interesting contrast in this, and daniels is very unpopular when he he first came in and administered some of this. as the financial crisis unrolled and indiana began to look better than everyone else and saw the benefits of some of the policies, his approval ratings have gone up. so, sometimes you thank the doctor after the case when you start to feel better. >> paul: what's your state that's gone in the wrong direction. >> i want to go with my home state of illinois, a no-brainer. >> paul: you're always picking on illinois.
did you have a bad childhood there. >> i like the college, pat quinn raised the tax and corporate tax went way up, it's been a disaster, paul. the state still has one of the biggest budget deficits of any state outside of california and you know what's happening? a lot of the major businesses, sears, motorola, even the chicago board of trade are saying they're going to have to move out of the state unless they get special interest and favors from the governor which means they're not raising revenue, they have to give so much cash to keep the companies in the state. >> paul: kim quickly, your negative state. >> you mentioned it, california one ever the highest tax and spend states. out there governor jerry brown recently budget travails, he demanding much higher taxes and refusing to demand anything from the public sector, unions had to sign a budget under duress, which is terrible, relies on gimmicks and windfalls that may not materialize and terrible things like the amazon tax, which is saying that amazon
must collect sales tax from in state retailers and amazon's response was to sever its relations. >> at least they didn't raise other taxes this time like income taxes, okay, dan. >> interestingly in connecticut daniel malloy, a republican-- >> he's a democrat. >> a democrat, i'm sorry, 864 million dollars stimulus program at the university of connecticut, typical democratic policy and trying to reform the public unions there and the unions thought going gotten a democratic governor the first time in a long time thought they'd get more help from him and they've not ratified the concession that is they've made and the connecticut budget is still at loggerheads between the democratic unions and democrat i can governor. they may have layoffs where a state like wisconsin, collective bargaining reform is probably going to avoid the layoffs. >> 4500 people laid off. >> okay, steve, we've got a special case in minnesota where we've had the government shut down, the democratic governor, mark dayton, at
loggerheads with the republican run legislature. what's going on there? >> well, the voters got what they voted for. they voted for a big tax and spend governor in mark dayton, who wants to raise taxes and then they voted for a legislature that's now controlled by the republicans for the first time in 30 years and saying hell no to tax increas increases, you've got gridlock and the government shut down. it might go on for a week or two. >> and i think the fate, ultimately of the governors is tied to the growth of the economy and need to show job growth pushing through on some extent to the premise that the economy would be better. so if the national economy doesn't get back more spritely growth they're going to all be in political trouble. give them credit for trying and making the cuts that need to be made. >> when we come back, could it be some good news in the education war? 2011 is shaping up to be a very good year for the school reform movement. we'll tell you why next. hey, the new guy is loaded with protein!
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>> well, school may be out for the summer, but school reform appears to be in. no fewer than 13 states enacted school choice selections in 2011 and 28 others have legislation pending and in chicago this week, 3.2 million member national education association voted for the first time to allow student scores on standardized tests to be used in teacher evaluations. wall street columnist bill mcgurn and jason riley join us with more. jason, give us an overview what's been happening at the states? >> a lot. just since the beginning of the year, as mentioned the numbers, 13 states have passed major legislation and other states have things pending and it's across the board. we're talking about tax credits, we're talking about lifting or removing-- >> tax credits for parents who
put their children into nonpublic schools. >> for them and philanthropis philanthropists, tax credits for them as well. you have the tax credit progress there and removing caps on charter schools in many states going on and maine passed the first charter school law and talking about bringing up the rear here. >> and it's progress, we'll talk it and then of course, what we think is the most significant reform, vouchers, that's moving forward. indiana put in place the voucher program and wisconsin expanded their voucher program. >> where a trial can go to any school, public or private and the money they'll get some kind of payment from the state to be able to attend that school. >> yes. >> and bill, this reform, this wave of reform now, why is it happening right now as opposed to two, three years ago? >> right, we've been on this issue for 25 years and milton freedman proposed is in 1954. >> well, of course it means at that we don't get the credit for it, but i think one of the things that happened finally even president obama is seeing
the status quo is terrible. and most of our big city school systems have become jobs programs, nothing to do with education and people are finally realizing that films like waiting for superman, we realize that, we really, it's not working and i think we're realizing money alone is not the answer. >> so, is there, have we reached, are you saying, a political tipping point where there's been a recognition by a broad scale of the public and in both political parties that something more radical has to change than we've been doing? >> i think so, i would like to see more from president obama and so forth, but he is helping in the sense that he's saying the status quo is failing a lot of children out there. >> paul, i looked it up, the first wall street editorial on school of choice appeared in march of 1990, the long time of governor tommy thompson voucher program in milwaukee, which governor scott walker has just improved and expanded. >> expanded and expanded also to racine not just to
milwaukee. >> i think that one other thing is going on here and this is the part of the fight that's occurred in all of the states over cost of public unions and part of the public union program problem is teachers, people are more aware of the costs of the unions and costs of the teachers and their pension, and the unions are on their back foot right now and i think it's created an opening for reformers to push this through, this is the one of the most remarkable phenomenon i have seen in politics in a long time. all of these school voucher and choice reforms going through in a single year. >> so brother mcgurn says that obama gets credit, some credit. do you think, do you agree with that? >> oh, certain, certainlyings, he gets credit for pushing this and you mentioned the nea convention over, i believe, the past weekend. >> it's a teachers union. >> endorsed obama. they've never endorsed a republican president and gets ten times as much. >> this is a year and a half before the election. >> that wasn't a surprise, but some of the conversations
going on at that convention upset with president obama and the administration for pushing things like charter schools of choice. >> he set the logic off and the conclusion for his logic. >> and there's a program which says let's have state competition, you get extra cash and charter schools have been a part of that components. >> yes, they've been part that have component and the unions have not been happy about that partly because many charter schools are not organized and again, as the jobs-- the public legislation is supposed to be a jobs program in the view of public sector unions, but there's a democratic party issue going on here. i mean, people talk governors like scott walker pushing back, and many much the opponents of of the teacher unions are fellow democrats, reformers like joel fine, the chancellor of-- >> michelle reed. >> or michelle reed, the former head of d.c. public schools and these are democrats. so, unions are fighting, cory
booker, new jersey, mayor of newark. >> sore they're fighting on many reforms. >> what about you have a republican government, state government and the governor there promised a major school reform initiative and he failed. what happened? >> well, i'd say, what i said is that in pennsylvania the keystone g.o.p. looked like the keystone kops because everyone for choice, the speaker of the house, the senate, and called it the civil rights issue of the 21st century and didn't push it through. and to dan's point, the good news is that some of the collective bargaining reforms, they're also education reforms, because, you can't fire bad teachers, all sorts of things, so, i think the choice is one part of a larger tsunami that's coming, as dan said over the public sector. >> takely teacher evaluations, when you can change the union contracts and allow teacher
evaluations to be done based on student performance, that makes a very big difference, dan. >> speaking of which, the gates foundation noted that spending per pupil has doubled over the last 40 years, achievement is flat. >> all right, these are exciting times on education, and when we come back, the war against girls. the feminist author of a controversial new book, inadvertently make the case against abortion? looking good! you lost some weight.
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new book called unnatural selection. choosing boys over girls and the consequences of a world full of men. jonathan last, a senior writer at the weekly standard reviewed the book for the wall street journal and generated crows of his own and joins me now, jonathan, welcome, glad to have you here. >> good to be here, paul. >> paul: so you write that the normal ratio of baby boys to baby girls is 105-100 in normal biology, but in places like india ratio 112 and in china over 120 and even more in some villages. why is this happ >> well, it's all about sex selective abortion. in nature, the sex balance occurs between where between 104 and 106, boys per girl. and because typically boys do dangerous things as they grow up and don't live as long and mother nature adapted over time and need a few more boys than girls at birth. when you see big imbalances anything over 106 what you're
really seeing is the product of people who have gone and found out the child the mother is carrying is a girl and decide today abort and the level, and pervasiveness this have is so great and character lates it's 163 million baby girls have have been aborted over the last 20 or 30%. >> is that happening at all in the the west, in europe or the united states? >> not as much as europe, but it happens in certain ethnic populations in the u.s. korean americans, chinese americans, you see ratios, there a little bit similar to what you'd see actually in south korea. >> paul: so this is in some sense a cultural phenomenon rooted in cultures that prize boys over girls as children? >> yeah, i mean, it's a very complicated thing, and they do an admirable job of reporting it and unpacking it. a lot of things at play, you have a culture, you have in a lot of ways, the west bears
some responsibility for this. in late 60's and 1970's, western population planning organizations like you know, national planned parenthood and the united nations and the ford foundation, did a lot of work encouraging all sorts of measures like sex selective abortion over in asia. >> paul: i want to read awe quote, she says, historically societies in which men substantially outnumber women are not nice places to live, end quote. do you agree with that? >> it seems as such. when you look at history as far as back to ancient greece and china and during the the tai ping real bullion and america's wild west, a gender imbalance for different reasons, tend to be violent and reports on interesting chinese studies which track the sex imbalance as it manifests when it almost is followed 18, 20 years later by
a giant crime wave, as the moon follows the sun and you see this even in india right now looking at any given area, crime statistics, the best predictor of violence is not social economics, it's not poverty, it's the sex imbalance. >> paul: you write and your view got controversial, all of this poses a challenge to feminists who support abrortion rights. >> how so? >> in the west, underpinning is choice, abortion is a choice and all choices are equal. you can make whatever choice you want. if you're a feminist and looking at this, you have two choices when it comes to sex selective abortion, you can say that it's no big deal that 163 million girls that should have been born were killed or you can say it's a big deal and we need to do something about it. once you make the second leap you really under cut the intellectual frame work of choice. you're saying that some choices are less good than
others. >> says you're wrong, you shouldn't restrict abortion rights. the problem is the specific choice of sex selection abortion. all we need to do is restrict that reason, sex selection, for the abortion and then do away with this problem. is this something wrong with that argument? >> well, i mean, i-- i think she's slightly wrong, i criticize her gently because i have deep admiration for the reporting she did in this book, but what she proposes is all sorts of restrictions on abortion. things if they're being proposed by conservatives or christian politicians in america, the feminists would be up in arms about. she wants to do away, for instance, with the ultrasounds to do sex determination so parent aren't allowed to know what the sex of the children is. >> paul: she would do away with ultrasound, can you imagine that would fly in the united states? >> no, in fact, she admits that this is a problem. in some of the asian country and india and china,
ultrasound it's illegal already the ultrasound tech to tell the parents whether it's a boy or girl, but they do it anyway and if a woman is seeking abortion goes to an abortionist and the doctor finds out that the fetus is a girl, he's supposed to do extra investigation trying to figure out why she's wanting to abort the child and if determines it's for the sex selective reason, shouldn't perform the abortion. even if it's restrictions of a sort. >> paul: fascinating debate. we'll be following it. thank you for being here. >> my pleasure. >> paul: we have to take one more brack. when we come back, our hits and misses of the week. ouncer] this...is the network -- a network of possibilities. in here, the planned combination of at&t and t-mobile would deliver our next generation mobile broadband experience to 55 million more amecans, many in small towns and rural communities, giving them a new choice. we'll deliver better service,
>> time now for hits and misses of the week. kim, first to you. >> paul: this is a hit for donald campbell to ordered major nadle hassan, who did the shooting at fort hood in 2009 would indeed be subject to a court martial which included the possibility of a death penalty. now, hassan's lawyers argued against it saying he he should be allowed to plead guilty. no death penalty on the table, but the general's decision was right. if you strip away the political correctness that helped to lead up to the strategy and attended it since. what you have is a man with radical islamic sympathies and executed premeditated attack on u.s. servicemen and killing
13, wounding 32 and he deserves the same justice as any other u.s. enemy. >> thank, kim, jason. >> this is a hit for former president bill clinton who of late has been trying to talk sense into his fellow democrats on the tax issue. he recently said that the corporate tax rate which is 35% should be reduced and says that reducing it to 25% or less would make u.s. businesses more competitive and says he's absolutely right and i hope that president obama is listening. >> clinton nostalgia. >> and a miss for tina brown, remember back when president obama gave us a call for new civility at the tucson memorial service? apparently tina brown did not get the memo and likened the republicans holding out against tax increases saying i think they're suicide bombers, and chris mathews calling them wahabis, if you're going to be for a new civility, but the terrorist